Mars Odyssey has New Project Scientist
November 20, 2002
Dr. Jeffrey Plaut has been named project scientist for NASA's 2001
Mars Odyssey mission, succeeding Dr. R. Stephen Saunders who has
retired. Plaut had been the deputy project scientist for Odyssey.
Plaut came to JPL in 1991 and has served on the Magellan
mission to Venus and three space shuttle radar missions. He is
currently the co-principal investigator on the 2003 Mars Express
radar sounder and a team member on the 2005 Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter radar team.
He has a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a
doctorate in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University
at St. Louis. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and daughter. His
hometown is Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland.
JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena, manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's
Office of Space Science in Washington, D.C. Investigators at
Arizona State University in Tempe, the University of Arizona in
Tucson and NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, operate the
science instruments. Additional science partners are located at the
Russian Aviation and Space Agency and at Los Alamos National
Laboratories, New Mexico. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is
the prime contractor for the project, and developed and built the
orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed
Martin and from JPL.
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